In October 2004 the multi million pound
redevelopment scheme for the St James's area - known as the
Dover Town Investment Zone (or DTIZ) were revealed for public
consultation. It is hoped that the development will provide
an additional 500 jobs for the town.
At the moment, the site contains a multi-storey car park,
which is closed, and the Burlington House office block, together
with the Russell Street car park and adjoining buildings.
Bond City Ltd. (Dover District Council’s development
partner for the site) proposes to develop a “new comprehensive
mixed-use scheme” comprising an anchor superstore (ASDA),
smaller shops, restaurants, a 100-bedroom hotel, private residential
flats, a visitor centre and a 460-space shoppers car park.
The council decided that it was not possible, on financial
and viability grounds, to include any leisure facilities.
This does seem a missed opportunity as the town desperately
needs something more in the way of leisure facilities than
pubs, a sports centre a tiny cinema and a couple of amusement
arcades. However, the council does say it is formulating a
sport and leisure strategy which will include looking at the
provision of leisure facilities across the town as a whole.
For more information visit the Dover
Update March 2010:
Apart from the demolition
of the old East Kent bus garage, work has not yet commenced
on this project!
Update October 2012:
Still no development!